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Have you ever heard of the food pyramid? Of course you have! It has been touted as being the best guide to nutrition in the USA since the 60’s. So why is it that now, experts are saying they had it ALL wrong?
Well let’s start out with some background. In that era, the dangers of smoking cigarettes were just coming to light. In fact, a detailed study published by the surgeon general on the side effects of smoking became so successful that the USDA developed the guide to nutrition by simplifying dietary needs with the food pyramid.
The larger bottom of the pyramid that included things like bread and pasta gave the impression that eating more of those foods were healthier. However, they did not go into detail on the difference between simple and complex carbs. In addition, they added fats to the top of the pyramid, insinuating that all fats were bad. This backfired bigtime!
People started buying low fat foods and it became a multi billion dollar industry. Low fat foods often substituted fats with sugar which in turn ended up causing obesity and diabetes in many people.
For many years, the food pyramid has been a trusted guide for diet and nutrition. So many people trusted it for so many years. It was taught all across the USA, in schools, and throughout the pro-health community.
When people become confused on who to trust or where to find information, they can begin to instead rely on unreliable sources, or even resort to unhealthy diets instead. Others may simply give up on any information which results in indecision.
If you feel confused on the whole dieting issue, let us know, we would love to hear from you. What have been your struggles? How have you been successful? Do you trust the main stream science or are you skeptical?
Chances are, many of us have had similar questions and experiences that we can learn and grow from. In fact, one of the best resources we have, is community. In today’s technologically driven world we can connect with people from around the world. This gives us a huge advantage from years past where nobody had any way to communicate beyond neighbors and local members of the community. We can compare and analyze the experiences of people from not only across the country, but around the world!
For more on the Food Pyramid Fail, watch the video below: